It’s no secret that the latest, and supposedly greatest, addition to the massively popular iPhone range has been plagued with problems from day one. Namely, the iPhone 4 antenna has been riddled with issues concerning dropped signal when the user covers a certain area of the phone.
Apple have done their best to play down the issues releasing a series of statements regarding the issues, but with news of an emergency press conference to be held tomorrow, tech blogs worldwide are speculating just why.
Many people believe Apple are on the verge of a mass recall of the iPhone 4, could this really be possible? Customers literally queued all night and day to get their hands on one first, but it seems now they’ll have to rejoin the line and hand it back, something which will no doubt enrage the thousands of early adopters of the new smartphone. Though, this is just a rumour as yet and it is uncertain just what the outcome of the press conference will be, but it is pretty much a given that it will be related to the recent antenna issues, which were thought to be an iPhone 4 software issue.
So it goes without saying that this could have disastrous effects for Apple and their iPhone, whilst I don’t doubt that most customers will be content with waiting for the fix and taking all that comes, and the quality of the phone is undeniable on the whole, but Apple just can’t escape the persistent protests regarding the vital antenna issue. There’s even some talk of a top Apple engineer warning of iPhone 4 antenna issues during development, this isn’t confirmed, but you do wonder how a significant issue like this would never have got picked up on before launch?
However, given that the iPhone 4 is one of the most expensive, yet most popular phones, people may start to question whether it really is worth all that money, and who do they turn to? Perhaps one of the many Android handsets (such as the impressive HTC Desire) may seem like a good option? Are Google simply sitting back in the Californian summer sunshine and basking in Apple’s failure?
It is a fierce competition between the two platforms already, with reports claiming that Android do indeed lead the way in terms of global sales, but there is no doubt that Apple will remain resolute in the fight and fix any issues they deem worthy of a fix…or will it more likely be an announcement of a free bumper case enclosure for iPhone 4 owners? That appears to completely solve the problem, but would that resolution to the problem be good enough for everyone?
I for one prefer not to have to have a case on my mobile phone handset, both for design/aesthetic reasons and that I’ve not needed one for protective reasons in over ten years of using mobile phones, ie. I’ve never seriously damaged a phone and have always passed them onto someone else to use after I’ve upgraded. Do you feel the same way when it comes to protective iPhone cases?
Time for Steve Jobs to wave his magic marketing wand again I think, but check back tomorrow anyway for an update and any potential news you may desperately need to know!